The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday arrested former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on a money-laundering charge, after questioning him for several hours inside the Tihar Jail in connection with the Delhi excise policy case.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Mr. Sisodia on February 26 and taken his custody in its own case. The case alleges irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped excise policy. Subsequently, a special court sent him to judicial custody in Tihar Jail.
The ED secured a court order and, on Tuesday, started recording Mr. Sisodia’s statement inside the jail premises. Based on the findings, it formally put him under arrest and will produce him before the designated court on Friday. This is the 12 th arrest made by the agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
On Monday, the ED had arrested Hyderabad-based liquor businessman, Arun Ramchandra Pillai, alleging that he along with co-accused Abhishek Boinpally and chartered accountant Butchibabu Gorantla represented the interests of a “South Group” that was extended various favours under the impugned policy. He was allegedly linked to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC K. Kavitha, who is scheduled to appear before the investigative agency on March 11.